7 Mar 2014

International Women's Day sparks calls gender equality in workplace

7:36 pm on 7 March 2014

International Women's Day on Saturday has sparked calls for governments, employers and unions in the Pacific to focus on eliminating gender discrimination and harassment at work.

The International Labour Organisation for Pacific Island Countries says the day provides a good opportunity to reflect on progress towards gender equality in the workplace.

It says progress is being made but profound gaps persist.

Its director, David Lamotte, says women make up more than half of the labour market, yet gender equality remains a critical issue in the Pacific.

He also says sexual harassment and discrimination are serious problems.